Sony BMG/Nashville Restructuring Continues
May 19, 2006 at 7:35 AM (PT)
As ALL ACCESS reported yesterday (5/18), SONY BMG continued restructuring that began back on APRIL 19th when it was announced that RLG and SONY would fold under the SONY BMG umbrella, under Chairman JOE GALANTE. The news yesterday was that EPIC and COLUMBIA would be combined under the COLUMBIA imprint, with VP/Promotions LARRY PAREIGIS overseeing the promotions department.
In a letter to the employees from JOE GALANTE, word came that 20 employees would be exiting the company, including EPIC VP/Promotions TOM MORAN, COLUMBIA West Coast Promo Dir., JON CONLON, COLUMBIA Midwest Promo Dir., RYAN BARNSTEAD, and EPIC Northeast Promo Dir., ELIZABETH SLEDGE. Also leaving will be VP/Creative Services, DEB HAUS, SHAWN WILLIAMS from New Media, and MARK BROWN and LeANN PHALEN from A&R.
The heads of each of the label promotion departments that report to EVP BUTCH WAUGH, are: ARISTA/NASHVILLE VP/Promotion SKIP BISHOP, BNA RECORDS VP/Promotion TOM BALDRICA, COLUMBIA RECORDS VP/Promotion LARRY PAREIGIS, and RCA RECORDS VP/Promotion MIKE WILSON.
Also reporting to WAUGH, who oversees Promotion, Marketing, Media, New Media and Creative departments, are: SVP/A&R RENEE BELL who is responsible for A&R for ARISTA/NASHVILLE, BNA RECORDS and RCA RECORDS/NASHVILLE; COLUMBIA/NASHVILLE EVP/A&R MARK WRIGHT, SVP/Legal & Business Affairs KATHY WOODS, SVP/Finance & Operations PAUL BARNABEE.
"Moving forward, I have every confidence that the new team is perfectly positioned to give our artists the support they need to reach their creative goals," said JOE GALANTE. "Please join me in wishing well all the employees listed, and everyone on the NASHVILLE team -- every conceivable success."